NEW DELHI: Political parties of the chiefs of a meeting after a meeting with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday announced that the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will be given a timely response to the ‘one nation, one election’ will be set up.
In a bid to build a consensus on holdingsimultaneous pollsto the Lok Sabha and state assemblies, Modi convened the president of all political parties for which 40 were invited. 21 parties attended the meeting while three shared their views on the subject in writing.
Addressing mediapersons after the meeting, Singh, who moderated the gathering, said, “One nation, one election ‘idea
However, Left parties such as the CPI and the CPM did “the difference of opinion” on how the exercise of joint elections will be held and that they were “not opposed (to the idea)”, he said.
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Among the notable absentees were Congress president Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal chief minister and TMC leader Mamata Banerjee, BSP supremo Mayawati, SP, Akhilesh Yadav, DMK’s MK Stalin, TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Admi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal
TRS was represented by its working president KT Rama Rao.
“Most of the parties supported ‘one nation one election‘. There was some difference of opinion from CPM and CPI that how it will do. And both Left parties did not directly oppose it, “He added,” Prime Minister will form a committee which will hold discussions with all stakeholders in a time-bound manner. “
According to sources, this panel is likely to become a political entity in nature.
Singh said Modi made it clear at the meeting that the “simultaneous poll is not government’s agenda and that is the nation’s agenda.”
Quoting Modi, Singh said he told the presidents of the political parties that if there is any difference of opinion
Modi had invited the heads of all political parties who have been at least one member either in the Lok Sabha or the state Sabha for the meeting to discuss several issues, including “one nation, one election” idea, 75 years of independence in celebration 2022 and the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year.
Singh said on the issue of increasing the productivity of Parliament Those leaders who were present in the meeting were of the opinion that there should be cordial atmosphere for communication and discussion in the House.
Leaders of various parties emphasized that the young generation should be aware of the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Singh said.
Those who attended the meeting include NCP leader Sharad Pawar, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy, Bihar Chief Minister and JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar, SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal, Odisha Chief Minister and BJD leader Newen Patnaik and National People’s Party leader Conard Sangma
PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference patriarch Farooq Abdullah and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owais also attended
Modi and Singh, the government represented by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, his cabinet colleagues Nitin Gadkari and Pralhad Joshi. BJP’s new working president JP Nadda was also present
Mayawati tweeted on Tuesday that she had attended theall-party meetingif it was on electronic voting machines (EVMs).
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Yechury described the concept of simultaneous elections as “anti-democracy and anti-federalism” and said “The BJP is trying to bring in government structure of back door.”
On celebrations of 150 years of birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Yechury said that the father of nation can be the best tribute to those who are glorifying his assassin and enacting a strong law against mob lynching.
BJD’s Naveen Patnaik, who supported the government’s idea of simultaneous polls, demanded the inclusion of the words peace and non-violence in the preamble of the Constitution.
Sources said that theopposition partieswant proper discussion before going ahead with simultaneous polls.
Last August, the Law Commission had held holding elections for the Lok Sabha and state assemblies to save public money.
The draft, submitted to the law ministry, however, cautioned that “holding simultaneous elections are not possible within the existing framework of the Constitution”.
The Center Has Been Toying
“The Prime Minister called for widespread debate and consultations on simultaneous elections for Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas, keeping in view various aspects like the resulting financial savings and consequent better utilization of resources,” a official release said last week after Modi addressed a NITI Aayog meeting
The government think-tank, NITI Aayog, last year suggested synchronised two-phase Lok Sabha and Assembly elections to 2024, the minimum campaign-mode disruption to governance.
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